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SoCS: Puzzle Pieces and Loving the Unvaccinated

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Today’s Friday excellent prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is…… “puzzle.” Use it any way you’d like!

Puzzles are a big part of life. Big puzzles and little puzzles. Hard puzzles that take years and years to figure out, like, Is there a life partner out there for me, and where the hell is he? What’s taking so long? Oh, I need to work on me first. Finally figured that out. Now it makes sense. Self love and spirituality were pieces of the puzzle. And it wasn’t all about me.

There are easy puzzles, too, like what to have for dinner. What should go in the soup? Some things don’t fit, but must do if you’re willing to be adventurous. And then there are all those in between puzzles.

People could be like puzzle pieces. We need lots of different pieces. The best puzzles are diverse, with lots of different colors. Some of us are on the edges, some in the middle, and there are cornerstones. With buildings, cornerstones are important. And there’s more than one. Maybe even more than four. I don’t know.

What happens when we are missing pieces to our puzzles of life? We wait. We search, or we accept. Maybe we could even make our own piece of the puzzle. Like cut it out of cardboard and color it just right to fit. Maybe it will work. Then maybe we find the other piece. Or not. It’s okay.

It’s puzzling that some people refuse to get vaccinated and refuse or resist wearing masks. Some of them are my family members who I love dearly, and so I worry about them. I can’t just write them off. When I work to try to understand their reasons for not being vaccinated or wearing masks, there is more than one reason. But when I really listen, deep down it is about fear. Misguided, irrational, and confused, in my opinion, but still fear, not selfishness. I don’t know the answer, and I don’t know if I can change their minds. Still, I let them know about my friend who died from Covid and my friend’s son who died from covid last week at the age of 36. Neither were vaccinated. Still, I love them, my unvaccinated loved ones, with a little more distance, but just as much love as ever.

Here are a few photos from my grand daughter’s 10th birthday party. It was all about unicorns!

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

26 thoughts on “SoCS: Puzzle Pieces and Loving the Unvaccinated

  1. A very nice post, JoAnna. I wrote about the puzzle pieces too before I saw your title. I have been very angry with those people who refuse to get vaccinated and I did think recently too that their ‘crazy’ denial has to do with fear and denial too. Both of my brothers caught COVID. As you know, one died. There were no vaccines at that time. My older brother survived, which was almost miraculous because he is in his 80s, but does have after affects. He got vaccinated as soon as he was allowed to. It would be very frustrating and upsetting to have family members who refuse to get vaccinated. I wish they would think of other people too. My little grandson, who just started TK, was exposed to an occupational therapist who came down with COVID. He was a preemie and is vulnerable. Luckily so far his is OK. But this is terrifying to parents.

    • So sorry to learn that you’ve lost a brother to Covid.

    • I know it was very hard watching and waiting with your brothers. I’m very sorry about your brother’s death, and grateful for your family’s miracle. I’ve heard of a few children being explosed at school and having to stay home for ten days and feel badly for the parents and teachers. I just learned of a friend in nursing school who was vaccinated and tested positive. My son would say, he is thinking of others, but he also belives he is protecting his immediate family from …. a variety of things. Such a strange time. Stay well, Deborah.

      • I hope we can come out of this pandemic soon. Here more and more counties, school districts, public venues, and employers are mandating vaccination. I was in the market yesterday when it was announced over the loud speaker that all store employees are wearing masks and asking all customers to do the same for the sake of public health and safety. We have historically been required to vaccinate our children for school. I think this is thanks to our former President who downplayed this epidemic. Although, I hear he is vaccinated. Politicians are downplaying the epidemic and their citizens are paying the price. Hope you stay well, too.

  2. Thank you for writing this. I, too, have people I love dearly who are unvaccinated and it worries me every day. I can not hate them, though, and I cannot wish illness and death on them like so many people seem to. It is indeed a puzzling world in which we live.

    Your stream of consciousness was beautiful today.

  3. Thanks for raising this puzzling behavior that threatens us all. I, too, have family members who refuse to take the vaccine. For them, it’s not fear; it’s the misinformation running wild on social media platforms. They are the missing pieces in the puzzle that make our life whole.

  4. I saw an interview on the news today. A nurse was talking about new medicines to treat covid patients. She shared some thoughts similar to yours, wishing that people would get vaccinated, but making an effort to get treatment for those who are so sick because they didn’t get vaccinated. I think that is a reasonable stance to take.

    What a fun birthday for your grand daughter! Enjoyed this post. Hope your weekend is going well! ❤

    • Thanks for sharing about the interview, Cheryl. What I didn’t include was that the sister of the 36 year old who died wrote about his doctor not being willing to try suggested treatments because the patient had not been vaccinated. I know medical practitioners are exhausted. The nurse who is trying to help the unvaccinated is a good person to be commended. Glad you enjoyed the post, Cheryl. ❤

  5. A generous response to the unvaccinated. Is their young girl whose party is not currently based on unicorns? 🙂

  6. This is great. The pics are precious.

  7. Thank you for sharing, especially the photos of the birthday party!!.. hope all the presents, and the day, were filled with love and happiness!!… 🙂
    While I don’t really hate anyone “Holding on to bitterness is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die” (Author Unknown”, it is sad that there are those so closed minded (it is not just the virus) that they simply will not see.. I do not feel hate but briefly sadness towards them, while taking precautions to protect myself, and others… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

    • Thank you for your thoughts, Larry. It was a good day. I have seen the quote, “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die,” attributed to Carrie Fisher. Stay safe and well!

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